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Hosting Reviews Case-Study
In this data-backed, unbiased hosting comparison, I’ll share WordPress hosting recommendations based on live test websites, their actual loading times and uptime percentages.

Choosing the right hosting for your WordPress website is very important. Your website’s health will rely on the hosting provider your use.

But how do you know which one is the best WordPress host?

There’s so many to choose from: Bluehost, SiteGround, HostGator… etc.

Whichever host you’re going to choose, keep in mind the 3 most important factors of a WordPress hosting:

  • Speed – also known as “load time”
  • Uptime – needs to be at least 99.94%
  • Customer Support – they should help you with WordPress related questions.

With the help of HostingFacts.com, we found the 10 most popular “WordPress” hosting providers and put them through multiple tests (speed, uptime, customer support and pricing).

Earnings Disclosure: This review contains affiliate links.

10 Best WordPress Hosting Services

Let’s jump to the best hosting providers first, then move down the list to see which ones you should avoid. Without further ado, here are the 10 best web hosts for WordPress:

1. Bluehost (www.Bluehost.com)

Bluehost review
Visit www.Bluehost.com

Bluehost is a popular hosting service among small business owners and bloggers. Hence the reason, I’m recommending Bluehost for people who want to create their website using WordPress.

They’re hosting more than 2 million websites and they belong to EIG who also owns HostGator.

How did Bluehost compare? Turns out quite good:

Bluehost performance stats last 6 months

Their last 12-month average uptime is >99.99% and load time is 419ms. Surely a strong top 1 host.

BlueHost has 24/7 customer service available for any questions you may have regarding website setup. They’re not cheap, though. Prices start at $2.75 per month, but they throw in a free domain name plus site migration for new accounts, too.

2. HostGator Cloud (www.HostGator.com)

HostGator Cloud review
Visit www.HostGator.com

HostGator was founded back in 2003 by Brent Oxley and later sold to Endurance International Group (EIG).

According to their website, they host more than 10 million domains making them one of the most popular web hosting providers on the planet (next to GoDaddy).

And for a reason!

Their last 10-month average load time is 462ms and uptime 99.96%. This means they’re the most reliable web hosting with only 1 hour of downtime per year. Plus, they were the third fastest web hosting service, only beaten by A2 Hosting (with a lower avg. uptime).

To give you a better overview of HostGator Cloud performance, take a look at the graph below (last 10 months):

HostGator cloud performance stats last 6 months

Keep in mind that this isn’t a regular, HostGator shared hosting option. It’s the new and improved cloud hosting. They come with a pricey cost – $13.99/mo, but they’re currently discounted to $2.99/mo

3. SiteGround (www.SiteGround.com)

Siteground review
Visit www.SiteGround.com

Since 2004, SightGround has grown to a large network of over 800,000 domain names around the world. Most of their staff is located in Bulgaria, but they’ve servers worldwide.

In this example, the “Start-Up Plan” (cheapest) is being used to monitor uptime and average load time.

In terms of uptime, SiteGround maintained an average uptime of 99.98% followed by a strong load time of 722ms.

SiteGround performance stats last 6 months

We also tested out their customer support by connecting with their live chat and asked several questions to evaluate their support team. They were friendly and helpful, answering questions quickly.

Additionally, SiteGround offers free transfers for existing website and they’re officially recommended by WordPress.

4. InMotion Hosting (InMotionHosting.com)

InMotion hosting review

InMotion hosting was founded in 2001 and is a privately held hosting provider with a customer base of over 300,000 domains.

They also own a hosting website named “Web Hosting Hub”.

They advertise themselves as “best web hosting for business” and they’re pricing starts from $5.99, but I found a discount at a cheap price.

First, let’s see how InMotion hosting performs:

InMotion delivered an average uptime of 99.97% over the last three months. That’s pretty strong and consistent.

InMotion hosting performance stats last 6 months

Keep in mind that the average speed in the hosting industry is about 890ms, and InMotion Hosting average page loading time is slightly below it – 752ms. So it may not be as fast as HostGator or A2 Hosting, but still good enough to beat the hosting industry average.

One of the drawbacks with InMotion Hosting is that there’s no instant account access. That means if you’re an international customer, outside the North America for example, there might be a delay and a hassle when attempting to verify your new account.

In overall, you’ll be very happy with InMotion’s service.

5. A2 Hosting (www.A2Hosting.com)

A2 Hosting pricing

A2 Hosting is quite new in the WordPress hosting niche (founded in 2001). They became more popular only lately.

They claim to be 20x faster than their competitors. Somehow, they managed to achieve faster load time than SiteGround or HostGator.

They averaged 475ms in a period of 3 months. That is basically instant page loading, making impatient people happy because they won’t have to wait for pages to load. A2 Hosting implements caching, which stores data in a visitor’s browser, so they won’t have to request information from your website every time someone tries to access it.

A2 Hosting performance stats last 6 months

Unfortunately, their uptime has slipped over the past few months to an average of 99.90% (currently 2 hours of downtime over a period of 3 months).

A2 offers 24/7 customer support through their live chat, email, phone, and ticketing systems. I checked this out by contacting their live support and they responded instantly with easy-to-understand responses.

6. iPage (www.iPage.com)

  • Uptime: 99.98%
  • Load Time: 868ms
  • Support: 7/10
  • Website: www.iPage.com

iPage was started in 1998 and has since grown to serve over one million websites. They’re owned by the Endurance International Group (EIG) brand, with a big company comes some misleading advertisements and disappointing facts.

I gave iPage Hosting a chance since they, too, call themselves as WordPress hosting. Luckily, form HostingFacts.com I was able to get access to their last 3-month uptime and speed data. 

During this time they’ve managed to deliver 99.98% uptime. 

iPage performance stats last 6 months

The average loading time is 868ms. It’s not bad, but it’s well below the competition’s average. 

iPage is cheap, though. They’re one of the cheapest hosting options I saw (behind one other hosting option) at $1.99 a month. This is the rate for 12-36 months, you would technically be locked into a super long term deal to get that price. As you can see, you get what you pay for with speed and performance.

iPage is probably not the best option in hosting WordPress. Although the customer support and prices are nice, you don’t want to struggle with their slow speed and average uptime.

7. GreenGeeks (www.GreenGeeks.com)

greengeeks hosting review

GreenGeeks, founded in 2006 by Trey Gardner is now hosting over 300,000+ websites over their nine years in business.

They are the only “truly” green host in this list. They claim 99.9% uptime on their website. That’s almost zero downtime. It’s a bold claim to make! Can they live up to the hype?

When tested their performance, GreenGeeks delivered 99.92% uptime. So 0.02% above their promise. Not bad.

That equates to only 3 hours of downtime (not as good as SiteGround or HostGator Cloud, though).

GreenGeeks performance stats last 6 months

Fortunately, GreenGeeks did show the same great results in speed as they did in uptime.

Their average loading time was 567ms – this is 36% higher than the industry average.  

GreenGeeks has 24/7/365 U.S. based support via live chat, phone, or email support. Some of their other features are free data transfers, free domain name, and free site migration.

GreenGeeks goes for $3.95 per month and they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Each pricing plan is all-inclusive too. Although GreenGeeks has excellent uptime, their speed is slow. Which is kinda a deal breaker. I suggest you look at some of the better hosting options reviewed (like #1 and #2 above) that go for around the same price.

8. Site5 Hosting (www.Site5.com)

site5 wordpress host

  • Uptime: 99.97%
  • Load Time: 743ms
  • Support: 8/10
  • Website: www.Site5.com

Site5, founded in 1999 by Matt Lightner (and later sold to EIG) promises the best web hosting for serious web designers.

After testing them for 3 months, Site5 delivered below average site load time of  743ms:

Site5 performance stats last 6 months

Their uptime isn’t anything spectacular. In fact, similarly to iPage, their avg. uptime over a period of 8 months is 99.97%.

They do provide good support through live chat, email, and phone support in case you have questions, along with a 90-day money back guarantee if you’d like to try them out anyway.

Site5 offers 3 pricing plans. The first, “hostBasic” is $6.95 per month, which allows you to have one website and free migrations. The second plan, “hostPro+Turbo” is $11.95 per month, which offers 24/7 live chat support, free migrations, and a free dedicated IP. The last plan, “hostPro” comes at $8.95 and offers unlimited websites and free migrations.

9. Dreamhost (www.Dreamhost)

dreamhost review

The next WordPress hosting site that I looked at was DreamHost, who has another huge network of over 1.5 million sites (they’ve also been around since 1996).

They claim to be “Award-winning Web & WordPress Hosting” despite being under DDOS attack (in August) and providing data on an anti-Trump website with considerable court oversight.

Their page loading times came in at an average of 849ms over the same period. Not so good, huh?

Dreamhost performance stats last 6 months

Since they got DDOS attack their uptime is obviously very low – 99.90%. DreamHost also throws in a few other nice little add-ons.

First, you get unlimited bandwidth. They’ll credit your account for every hour that there was an issue with uptime. When I contacted customer support to ask a couple of questions, I got a fairly quick response.

One of DreamHost’s big drawbacks is their pricing. Their lowest plan is still almost double what some other hosting sites offer – $7.95 per month. On the plus side – you get the longest money back guarantee from DreamHost (97-days) to test drive their service before getting locked into a lengthy contract.

10. Arvixe (www.Arvixe.com)

Arvixe review

  • Uptime: 99.60%
  • Load Time: 5,702ms (!)
  • Support: 5/10
  • Website: www.Arvixe.com

Arvixe was originally founded in 2003 before later being acquired by EIG (again!).

Things aren’t starting great with their 99.60% uptime.

Take a close look at their average speed on the test WordPress site (hostingfacts-arv.com):

Arvixe performance stats last 6 months

The industry average for speed is around 890ms. Even that is not very fast, to be honest – some of the fastest hosting providers load within ~400ms (or almost twice as fast).

How did Arvixe perform? An abysmal 5,702ms. That is unbelievably slow. Nearly impossibly slow. Just one second delay in page load time could cost Amazon 1.6 billion. Think what it can do to your online business.

Seems like Arvixe is just slow in general. Their customer support was slow too. I tried reaching out to ask a few basic questions and it took over an hour for a response. 

Arvixe’s pricing is also on the expensive side of the fence at $7 a month. Upfront and in advance for a full two years. Any shorter plans means paying much more per month. Arvixe does offer unlimited bandwidth and a free domain name for life to their credit.

But you can do so much better than Arvixe. Once again, take a look at the first few names in this review for companies that exceed across the board in uptime, page loading times, customer support, and pricing.

Best WordPress Hosting? Quick Recap

There, now you have it!

A detailed, no-BS review of the top ten WordPress hosting providers (with the help of HostingFacts.com).

Each review was based on actual data and experience (not just stealing the words directly from their website). Third-party sources, like Pingdom, were used to monitor and analyze performance. Therefore you know that the data is legitimate.

In short, I recommend using a web hosting provider that provides a decent uptime of 99.95% and up, while keep their load time less than 650ms.

 WEB HOSTING  COST  MONEY BACK  LOAD TIME  UPTIME  RATING
 1. Bluehost WordPress  $2.75/mo 30 days 419ms  >99.99% ★★★★★
2. HostGator WordPress Cloud  $2.99/mo 45 days 463ms  99.96%  ★★★★
3. SiteGround WordPress Hosting  $3.95/mo 30 days 722ms  99.98%  ★★★★
 4. InMotion Hosting  $4.88/mo 90 days 752ms  99.91%  ★★★
 5. A2 Hosting  $3.92/mo 30 days 413ms  99.90%  ★★★
 6. iPage  $1.99/mo 30 days 868ms  99.98%  ★★★
 7. GreenGeeks  $3.95/mo 30 days 567ms  99.92%  ★★★
 8. Site5  $6.95/mo 90 days 743ms  99.97%  ★★
 9. Dreamhost  $7.95/mo 97 days 849ms  99.90%  ★
 10. Arvixe  $7.00/mo 60 days 5702ms  99.60%  ★

TOP 10 WordPress Hosting Providers

  1. BlueHost: Best for a large WordPress website ($2.75/mo)
  2. HostGator Cloud: Best WordPress hosting overall ($2.99/mo)
  3. SiteGround: Best WordPress support ($3.95/mo)
  4. InMotion: Best for a small business websites ($2.95/mo)
  5. A2 Hosting: Best WordPress page speed ($3.92/mo)
  6. iPage: Best cheap WordPress hosting ($1.99/mo)
  7. GreenGeeks: Best “green” WordPress hosting ($3.95/mo)
  8. Site5: Poor price vs. value relation ($6.95/mo)
  9. DreamHost: Poor uptime ($7.95/mo)
  10. Arvixe: Slow load time ($7.00/mo)

In my in-depth WordPress hosting review, I came to a conclusion that you can’t go wrong with HostGator Cloud, SiteGround or Bluehost. They all offer strong uptime, fast page loading times, great customer support, and unbeatably low prices.

If you already have a web host, but want to switch hosts after reading this post, see this guide here.

Some of them offer free site transfer, too.

Feedback and reviews on different (WordPress) hosting providers are more than welcome in the comments section below.


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  1. I don’t know about others, but for me – it’s highly important to choose a WordPress hosting that has a legitimate support. I’ve been using different hosts a lot in the past, but SiteGround truly shines out of the rest. No wonder you’ve marked them as TOP 3.

    Have you also tried out GoDaddy Hosting? I’d love to use them, but I’m a bit skeptical.

    Thanks

  2. Hi Robert. Thanks for the review – really helps. Quick question, though: What are your thoughts on GoDaddy hosting?

    • Hey Glenn.

      The reason GoDaddy isn’t added because they don’t offer “WordPress Hosting”. I only tried to compare these hosts that have been mentioned themselves as “WordPress hosting”. Though, I might add couple of more hosts to the list in the upcoming months 🙂

      – Rob

  3. Hi Robert, I am just starting to do websites for small business, and your review is very helpful. What do you think of Flywheel as a host? And, even as a separate tool what do you think of Local by Flywheel?

    • Hi Linda,

      I haven’t used Flywheel personally as I think it’s slightly overpriced, but after reading several reviews online and I think it’s solid hosting option.

    • Hi Miskat,

      Unfortunately, I’m only adding hosting companies that are MOST popular and well-performing. I don’t want to make this list too big as I know there are only few quality hosts (Bluehost, SiteGround & HostGator).

  4. Really nice review. I have a blog at the moment and wanted to change from WordPress.com to WordPress.org but I heard in .Org the website often crash during website peak time. What would you suggest? Which provider and plan should I purchase so that I don’t have to worry about my site being crashed (should be affordable too). I plan to start another blog soon.

    • Hi Simeon,

      TOP 3 WordPress hosts in this review won’t probably crash your site during the peak. It all depends on your traffic numbers, too. If you get more than 100,000 visits/mo then it’s wise to upgrade your hosting plan.

    • Managed WordPress is generally good, but very costly. If you decide to go that route, I’d recommend PageLy, Kinsta or WPEngine 🙂
      Hope this helps.

    • Hi Bob.

      I haven’t tried AWS yet, but this is on my to-do list. I’ve read some reviews and they’re mostly positive so I’m going to take a deeper look 🙂

      • The only 3 I would agree within is siteground, InMotion and A2 the rest just plain suck the two the suck more then the rest are bluehost and host gator. Customer service doesn’t have a clue on what they are doing. They where good 10 years ago

  5. Hi Robert,

    How was Bluehost’s Free Site Builder? Apparently, it allows full access to WordPress’s themes and plugins. Is that accurate?

    • Hey Adam,

      I haven’t used Bluehost free website builder yet so I can’t give my own opinion, but it seems you’re correct 🙂

  6. Hello, and thank you for the reviews on web hosting and building sites.
    In reading through your material, I wonder if you’ve compared BoldGrid’s host, Web Hosting Hub, and compared it to No. 5 above, InMotion, the other major host used by BoldGrid? Any thoughts? You sure can’t beat the price of $2.99/month, which makes me mildly suspicious.

    Cheers,
    Leslie

  7. Hi Robert. I know this is not related here but you can try explaining the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I was confused at the beginning as to why installing plugins didnt work until i realised i used the com and not .org.

    • WordPress.com version is a free (limited) version of WordPress. It has a lot less themes, less plugins, no domain name and it isn’t as customizable as WordPress.org.

      Hence the reason I’m recommending people to sign up with a web host to gain more flexiblity and install WordPress.org to their own hosting servers.

      Hope this helps

  8. Hi Robert,
    Thanks for the review. Just to point out that BlueHost don’t allow .com.au domains to be hosted on their platform. This is rather annoying for us Down Under.
    In regards to GoDaddy, they have a dedicated WordPress hosting account. I would love to see your expert advice on this soon as i currently use.
    TIA and muchly appreciated.

  9. Thank you for this detailed Information.

    I am going to Buy Siteground Hosting because it seems to be a great deal. I wonder If you share the uptime monitoring site you used for the review. I want to test my new blog.

    Thank you.

  10. PC Magazine rated 1 & 1 Hosting as the overall best Word Press website hosting company for 2017. Did you test them? What is your opinion?
    thanks for your input.

  11. Hey Robert,

    Very interesting read!

    What would you reccomend for hosting clients websites? I want the scalability to host a thorectially unlimited number of WordPress sites from one provider/portal.

    Cheers,
    Russell

  12. Hey Robert, nice list! I’m using Digital Ocean its very cost effective and gives you full control. It’s cloud hosting is becoming quite popular with wordpress hosting taking all of 2 minutes to set up. Definitely one to look out for when you update the list 🙂

  13. Hi Robert,

    First of all, thanks for sharing the info. Really appreciate it, out of all the articles I stumbled upon, I really feel like your writing and I get that genuine feeling when I read your page. I am gonna start a blog but I am confused between the top 3 host. I am a total beginner with website hosting, so I would really appreciate if you could share some advise on which is the most suitable host for a beginner like me.
    Look forward to your reply and thank you in advance!

  14. Hi Robert, thanks for your thorough hosting comparison. I wasn’t aware that both BlueHost and HostGator offered a Cloud hosting service. I am surprised about their pricing ($6.95 – $15.95 /mo) compared with SiteGround’s Cloud that starts at $80. I’m wondering what could justify SiteGroud’s higher pricing … faster cores, SSD drives?

    Good job. Off to share your article!

  15. Very informative review indeed!

    Currently, I host my site with ipage hosting. I one of those who experienced sudden outages so I am planning to migrate to another hosting. Bluehost vs Siteground what can you recommend?

    Thanks

  16. I was with Hostgator for ten years and they were wonderful until EIG bought them. Enough said about that. I am happy with InMotion Hosting now.

  17. HI Robert,
    I am using WordPress with Namecheap hosting, and I have not tried the above-mentioned hosting provider companies. But in future, I am getting a chance to do that, I surely check.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good weekend.

  18. Thank you for listing down best wordpress hosting service providers, actually i was looking for my business so this may really help out to get best out of alternatives.

  19. Thanks for this article. I have to say that I had a terrible experience with Blue Host ‘support’. One operator never responded. The next 2 were sarcastic and asked questions completely bypassing my question. For example – they asked for my domain name though I wasn’t a customer and it didn’t relate to my question. When I asked why, they said their Director of Sales needs domain names to track sales made through the site. They kept me on hold for 2-3 minutes in between each question and as they only partially responded each time, it made for a very aggravating experience. Bots may have been an improvement. Definitely, would not use them.

  20. Thanks for the great reviews! Would these recommendations change if the goal of the website would be to host a peer-to-peer network social media site like FB, LI G+ etc?
    If so, which web hosting service and approach would you recommend?
    Thank you

  21. Thanks Robert for this excellent analysis of so many hosting providers.

    Your graphs are also quite helpful too. It’s good to have as many options as possible and packages comparison to make to most optimum selection.

  22. I am not sure why, but Bluehost is overrated. I have a VPS with them and I find their servers way too vulnerable to hacking. Every 2 months they shut down my VPS with NO warning because infected with malwares. Despite the fact that the fix is easy, they will not help. They advise to hire a service that charges between $30 to $700 per domain to protect. Last week after my clean up, it took them 12h to put my sites back online, because I was calling Tech Support, otherwise I would have stayed down….. They absolutely don’t care.

  23. Difficulties are always there when we start with something technical, and it might be a hosting, coding and system issue. But choosing a web hosting with unbelievable 24*7 SUPPORT make it quite easy for the users. thanks for such a great comparison I never had such an organized article before on hosting services for WordPress. thanks Author.

  24. How do these hosts rate for security? I’m currently on Gate.com and will be moving because I’ve been hit by the pharma virus on two different sites–and one again after being cleaned and having WordFence installed.

  25. Hi – thank you for this page, I have found it very useful – it’s a minefield out there for someone like me who wants to create a website for the first time. I wondered what your views are for someone in the UK looking for a good webhost? I do have 2 domains already with 123-Reg and in hindsight I probably should have waited. Everything I seem to read is International and I have reservations about having to deal with someone not in the UK. But am I just worrying for nothing?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Claire,

      Great question! Most good web hosts tend to offer 24/7 customer support and acknowledge that their customers are from all around the world so I wouldn’t worry too much about using an international host. As a Swede I find myself using a lot of US-based hosting companies and I don’t think it’s ever negatively affected me or the customer service I get.